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Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market 2016-2020

Global Superabsorbent Polymer Market 2016-2020

About Superabsorbent Polymers

SAPs are sodium polyacrylate cross-linked polymers. These polymers have the unique ability to absorb and retain large volumes of water. SAPs are produced by meticulous crosslinking of polyacrylate with suitable additives. The global SAP market relies largely on polyacrylate for the production of SAPs. When acrylic acid is polymerized with further crosslinking, super absorbent polyacrylates are produced. They are also known as hydrogels. SAPs have characteristic features of hydrophilicity, biocompatibility, high absorption capacities, swelling, and de-swelling.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global superabsorbent polymers market to grow at a CAGR of 5.23% during the period 2016-2020.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global superabsorbent polymers market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the key five vendors operating in the market.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • APAC
  • Europe
  • North America
  • ROW
Technavio's report, Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • BASF
  • Evonik Industries
  • LG Chem
  • Nippon Shokubai
  • Sanyo Chemical Industries
Other prominent vendors
  • Chemtex
  • Formosa
  • Plastics
  • Sumitomo Seika Chemicals
  • Kao
  • Multisorb Technologies
  • SONGWON
  • Yixing Danson Technology
  • Zhejiang Satellite Petro Chemical
Market driver
  • High demand for diapers from infant population.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Development of bio-based SAP is still at nascent stage.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Rise in demand for bio-based polymers.
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Superabsorbent Polymers Market 2016-2020

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global superabsorbent polymers market: BASF, Evonik Industries, LG Chem, Nippon Shokubai, and Sanyo Chemical Industries.

Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Chemtex, Formosa, Plastics, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals, Kao, Multisorb Technologies, SONGWON, Yixing Danson Technology, and Zhejiang Satellite Petro Chemical.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend in the market is instances of early puberty among females. During 2005-2015, the average age of menarche, the first onset of menstruation, has drastically reduced and this trend is observed worldwide. From 16 years to 17 years, the average menarche age has come down to 8-13 years. This observation displays that it is not attributed to increased nutritional status over the years, but it is a consistent trend observed among all socioeconomic classes, race, and ethnicity. Earlier menarche is indicated the use of feminine hygiene products from a much younger age than it was a decade earlier.”

According to the report, one driver in the market is agriculture sector: Promising end-user for SAPs. Around the world, the arid and semi-arid regions are facing water scarcity, finding it difficult to tend to population expansion and increasing economic activities. The regions that are most affected by water scarcity are the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Indian subcontinent. The water crisis is expected to worsen by 2025. The demand for water for uses other than basic necessities is growing rapidly, while the water available for potential use for future is drastically reducing. In addition, inadequate and uncertain rainfalls are adding to the woes of agricultural producers.

Further, the report states that one challenge in the market is development of bio-based SAP is still at nascent stage. SAPs are manufactured by crosslinking polyacrylates that are obtained by polymerization of acrylic acid, a petrochemical derivative. Stringent environmental regulations have been put in place in recent years because of growing environmental concerns about the use of petrochemicals. It is also a matter of concern that non-renewable sources are depleting at a rapid rate. This is forcing manufacturers to shift toward bio-based alternatives. However, the research in the area of bio-based SAPs is still at a nascent stage. These regulations are expected to hinder the market globally, especially in the US and Europe. Acrylic acid is also known to be a potential threat to organisms and the environment and causes abiotic effects. To combat this, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has passed the Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).



Companies Mentioned

BASF, Evonik Industries, LG Chem, Nippon Shokubai, Sanyo Chemical Industries, Chemtex, Formosa, Plastics, Sumitomo Seika Chemicals, Kao, Multisorb Technologies, SONGWON, Yixing Danson Technology, Zhejiang Satellite Petro Chemical.

  • Executive summary
    • Highlights
  • Scope of the report
    • Market overview
      • Table Segmentation of global SAP market
      • Table Global SAP market by type
      • Table Global SAP market by application
      • Table Global SAP market by geography
  • Market research methodology
    • Research methodology
    • Economic indicators
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
    • Outlook
    • Process diagram
      • Table Process diagram of SAP
    • Applications of SAP
      • Table Value chain analysis of SAP
  • Market landscape
    • Global SAP market
      • Table Global SAP market 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by type
    • Global SAP market by type
      • Table Global SAP market by type
    • Global SAP market by sodium polyacrylate
      • Table Global SAP market by sodium polyacrylate 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global SAP market by polyacrylamide copolymers
      • Table Global SAP market by polyacrylamide copolymers 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global SAP market by other polymers
      • Table Global SAP market by other polymers 2015-2020 ($ millions)
  • Market segmentation by application
    • Global SAP market by application
      • Table Global SAP market by application
    • Global SAP market in baby diaper sector
      • Table Global SAP market in baby diaper sector 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global SAP market in adult incontinence product sector
      • Table Global SAP market in adult incontinence sector 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global SAP market in feminine hygiene product sector
      • Table Global SAP market in feminine hygiene product sector 2015-2020 ($ millions)
    • Global SAP market in other sectors
      • Table Global SAP market in other sectors 2015-2020 ($ millions)
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Global SAP market by geography
      • Table Global SAP market by geography
    • SAP market in North America
      • Table SAP market in North America 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • SAP market in Europe
      • Table SAP market in Europe 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • SAP market in APAC
      • Table SAP market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • SAP market in ROW
      • Table SAP market in ROW 2015-2020 ($ billions)
  • Market drivers
    • High demand for diapers from infant population
      • Table Infant population in 2014
      • Table Global child mortality rate (2009-2015)
    • Global aging population
      • Table Global population percentage 2015
      • Table Global aging population forecast 2015-2020 (millions)
      • Table Regional distribution of people aged >60 years 2015
    • Agriculture sector: Promising end-user for SAPs
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Regulations to reduce landfill dumping
      • Table Global post-consumer plastics scenario 2015
      • Table Post-consumer plastics scenario in APAC 2015
    • Fluctuating prices of acrylic acid
      • Table Crude oil price 2009-2015 ($ per barrel)
    • Development of bio-based SAP is still at nascent stage
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • Rise in demand for bio-based polymers
      • Table Process of renewable refining
    • Instances of early puberty among females
    • Government initiative: Improvement of women's health
    • Increasing use of SAP in other applications
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Key market vendors
      • Table Key vendors in global SAP market 2015
    • Other prominent vendors
  • Key vendor analysis
    • BASF
      • Table BASF: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table BASF: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • Evonik Industries
      • Table Evonik Industries: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Evonik Industries: Business segmentation by geography 2015
    • LG Chem
      • Table LG Chem: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table LG Chem: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • Nippon Shokubai
      • Table Nippon Shokubai: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Nippon Shokubai: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • Sanyo Chemical Industries
      • Table Sanyo chemical Industries: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Sanyo Chemical Industries: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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